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, it would cut a trillion dollars in spending. >> also you have on t h e s h o w senator john mccain who has had a high profile the last couple of weeks. >> that's right. really tough questioning of a former friend, chuck hagel, the nominee for defense secretary, last week, and this week, yesterday, in that hearing was leon panetta and chairman of the joint chiefs, he went after them pretty tough, too. a lot of issues here, benghazi, aid to the rebels in syria, the drone strikes and enhanced interrogation as you mentioned the whole immigration reform issue. lots to talk to john mccain about. >> the interesting thing, we seem to be at a fairly critical time as we get the new secretaries come in, secretary kerry, of course, as well, and some real burning issues overseas that don't seem to go away. >> well, absolutely. and you know, you have all this in the middle east, we used to be able rely on a few friendly dictators, frankly. now you have the arab spring, al-qaida affiliates in africa. 60,000 people killed in syria. so it is a very dangerous, very tense time. of course iran continuing with
john mccain, who needs no introduction. >> but he always appreciate it. [laughter] i thank senator enhofe for his attention tot his issue. he pointed out the devastating effect of sequestration. if it is implemented, it will cut every ship, truck, a tank, research and development across the board. the secretary of defense panetta, a man that i admire greatly, called sequestration a meat ax approach. i think it is important to note, according to one economic analysis, it costs a loss of $350 in full-time direct jobs, 650,000 indirect job losses. that is a lot of jobs. in these difficult times. secretary panetta said, "this has become a very serious threat to our national security." para chairman of the joint chiefs of staff says the same thing. in the late 1970's, after the vietnam war, the chief of staff testified before congress that we had a "hollow army," which then caused the attention of the american people and one of the reasons why ronald reagan was elected to be president of the united states, because of our rapid decline in national defense that took place previously. we h
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